Monday, June 16, 2008

Sea Shells ...

I love how this card turned out. Not sure if it is the color or the fact that it has a sea shell. It is a tiny bit tricky because of the floss ties. The shell in the cut-out is heat embossed with gold detail powder. All edges are sponged. The cut-out is done with a large square punch, repositioned to make opening the desired size. I think the only thing I might try differently on another card like this is that I would use dimensionals to pop up the shell. This card is not that old but already has some sun fading....I think it really works for the card.
This card was inspired from a card at a local craft store and was used for a wedding invite. The vellum here allows a sneak peak at the verse underneath. The birds are also heat embossed.
This verse is one of my favorites. It is not SU but I had to have it when I saw it. I believe it came from Heather's Stamping Haven.
Here is a picture of the back, just so you can see that the eyelets went all the way through. I think you could hide them in the layer the verse is one and then attach the verse to the card base, if them showing is an issue for you.

The Recipe:

Paper: More Mustard, printed vellum, printed paper
Ink: Versamark
Stamps: Stiple Shells, vers stamp from Heather's Stamping Haven

Other: Eyelets, floss(embroidery), Large Square punch, sponge, eyelet tool and setter

Well, that's it for now. I am not sure when my next post will be. I am having some day surgery tomorrow and I am told it is a fairly simple procedure but I have not had any surgery done since I was in high school, a very long time ago. I am a bit nervous but am praying everything will be fine. My sister is going to come stay with me for a couple of days while I recover. I won't be aloud to lift anything heavy and I have a baby that is over 20 pounds and not a year old yet. So, she will mostly be helping with him.

Have a great week and hopefully I will be able to post again before the week is out. I have started a tutorial for a hidden message card that I saw on Stamping Dani's blog. Her card is smaller than mine. I had to really play with the measurements to get it just so. I will tell all about my challenges with the card in the tutorial, and how I worked around them.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Anyone for a Tutorial?

I had a request for a printed tutorial for the Brag book purse I posted a bit ago. So, since I had to take pictures for the tutorial for my friend, I was wondering if anyone would like me to also post the instructions here? If you do leave a comment and let me know.


Tiny Thanks

Very simple thank you card. If you need a fast thank you then this might just work. Below you can see I used dimensionals to add pop to the card. I think I should have added one for the center circle as well, but oh well, this is fine. I think I would have also added score lines to the leaf veins to add effect as well. I like adding texture and dimension to all adds wonderful interest. I used my Crop-o-dile for effect as well.
Wishing you all a fabulous weekend,

Friday, June 13, 2008

Wedding Wishes

This is a bit of a case from Pine Feather . I don't know if it is a true case, cause not much is the same, but her card was definitely inspiration for this one. I used the CB swiss dots folder on the White CS but I wish now that I would have used it on the Certainly Celery layer as it does not really show up well on the current layer.
The cardstock is the same color as the card base but the lighting makes it look completely different. Sorry for my bad photography. Here is the inside saying... Here is a side view so you can see all the dimension in this card. The heart is a Sizzix die. I used both pieces, the outside piece is embossed with glitter. the inside piece is on a dimensional

A better look at the tag...the tab on the top is the Designer Label punch and folded in half.
The Recipe:
Paper: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Whisper White, Certainly Celery CS and DS
Ink:Perfect Plum
Stamps: Fancy Flexible Phrases, Noteworthy, Warm Words and Full of Life
Other: Sizzix Heart Die, Jump Ring, Embossing Powder, Glitter, Grosgrain, Designer Label Punch, Corner Rounder, CB Swiss Dots folder


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Special Request

My neighbor asked me to make this special guest book for her daughter's baby shower. She wanted pastel colors - blue, pink, green and yellow, a place for Guests from the shower, places for pictures, a place where guests could write parental Advise, a place where visitors to the hospital could be written and a place to record gifts received, otherwise the creation was up to me. She has previously ordered a BABY word book and was pleased with the results. I was a bit nervous but she was very happy with the results. Above is the cover.
Here is just inside the cover, the first place for a picture and some journaling.
and here is the place for guests from the shower. Oh, she only wanted the book 6 pages long. The covers are covered chipboard, but the pages are just cardstock.
Another place for a picture and more journaling.
Here is the page to record gifts received. I also included a place to mark down if a thank you was sent.
and here is the place for hospital visitors to sign. I have not shown the page for the advice since my neighbor immediately wrote her advice down before I took pictures of the book, but it is the same as the other pages except for the title. There was also a couple of pages with just lines for additional writings. I sponged the outside edges of the book. and it is bound with the Bind it All tool. I was unable to print out the lines from my computer cause my printer is not working great, so I used my Stamp-ma-Jig alot to get the lines just right.

well thanks again,

Short Notice

Woke up this morning and my DD12 asked me to make her a birthday card for her friend. I was in the middle of feeding the baby and said I couldn't at that moment, so she proceeded to choose some colors and cut the paper to the sizes she wanted. She CB the Pale Plum piece of paper, then continued to get ready for school and I took over making the card. Now, DD is a great card maker herself, but because this was last minute I agreed to help. The inside says " May every Part of your Birthday have Happy in it". This card is the result. Not bad for a rush job!

The recipe:

Paper: Perfect Plum, Pale Plum and Whisper White
Ink: Perfect Plum
Stamps: Girlfriends and Big Flowers, and Full of Life
Other: SU markers ( Pale Plum, Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant), Flower Punch, Piercing Tool kit, dollar store bling and sponging

Thanks for looking and may your day also be full of happiness,

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I Recieved an Award!

I am still trying to figure out all the bloggin details of how to manage this Blog. I just now, finally figured out how to get notification of when someone posts a comment on my Blog. As a result, I have also found out I have recieved the Arte y Pico award by Tess. Thanks so much Tess for giving me this award. I enkjoy checking out your blog too. so here are the rules for this award...

You pick five blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contribute to the blogging community, no matter what language.List the names of the people you chose to receive the award on your blog and link to their blogs. Then go comment on one of their posts to notify them that you have given them this award and link to the post on your blog.Each award winner has to show the award and put the name of the person who gave them the award and link to their blog.The Award-winner and the one who has given the award have to show the link to the Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.

So...drum roll please....and the winners are....
last but not least...
Jami at Sgt Stamper,

Thanks for all the great work you do and for sharing it with all of us.

Pocket Purse with Brag Book

This was so fun. Sandee74 gives a great tutorial for the mini nugget purse. After making that, I played with the measurements and came up with the bigger purse. It is a bit different, closure and some trim and of course size. Then I made...
an adorable little brag boook that fits in the purse. The pages all fold out for added space to include pictures of children or pets or whatever.
Here are some of the pages...

The recipe:

Paper: Berry Bliss, Purely Pomegranite, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Whisper white and Close to Cocoa.
Ink: Chocoltae Chip, Purely Pomegranite(sponging), and Signo White gel pen for stitching
Stamps: Lots of Thoughts
Other: Pewter Jumbo brads, Chipboard,Assorted punches, Dimensionals, Paper Piercing tool kit and Bind it All

Thanks, for looking and have a great day, I have another project I completed yesterday and hope to post today if all goes was a special request from my hairdresser,

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

By The Sea

I love the ocean and love stamp sets that remind me of the ocean. This is a sneak peak at a future class, it is a beach theme book. I can only show you the cover for now, I will post the rest of the images after my class takes place in mid July.

Thanks for looking and have a great Tuesday,

Monday, June 9, 2008

Mini Love Notes

This mini book is just about 3 inches by 2 and a half inches. It has several layers, with the last being on dimensionals. A charm was easily attached during the binding process, but could be added later. The pages inside are regular index cards cut in half and each page has a small stamped image in the lower right corner.

P.S. keep checking, I will be posting images of my newest class...a nautical book. I have been working at it all weekend and all day today and it is finally finished. It turned out really nice if I must say so myself.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Easy Peasy Ice Cream Card

Saw a few of these adorable, easy cards around on Splitcoast and some Blogs (sorry not sure which ones) and thought I would try making a couple myself since I just got my Tart & Tangy stamp set yesterday. They are so cute.
Here is how I did the inside (above) and a couple of close ups of the fruit on the front. as you can see I added some crystal effects and then some Dazzling Diamonds to add a touch of sparkle.

What a time I had to find a popcycle stick, I know I have a whole container somewhere, but I could not find them... then i remebered I have some rub ons and they use a pop cycle type stick...ahhh ha! That's what i used, but I will exchange them for wooden ones when I find them.

Thanks for looking,

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Double the Fun

Here is a double pocket card I made and I noticed as I was about to post it on Splitcoast, that they have a tutorial for a double pocket card, although it is not quite the same as this one. Not sure if you can see it, but I used a stylus to make vein lines on the leaves for a more realistic effect.
Here is the card open...I used Beate's Grid technique tutorial on scoring your paper for the background on the first page you see here and I used my corner rounder with the guide removed to make the scalloped edge on the second page.
Here is the tags. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Simply used various punches.

Thanks and have a terrific Thursday,

I've Been Cased!

I was just on SCS checking the recent posts and I found a card similar to my Sympathy card I posted earlier in the week, so had to check it out and erbobbin says my card was her inspiration. It is not an exact case. Here is a link to her gallery on Slpitcoast...

I don't know if I have ever been cased before, but this is the first I knew about it. Glad to know my work inspires others as, so often others have inspired me.


Tuesday, June 3, 2008

My Chocolate Fix!

I love chocolate! Dark chocolate best. Well, needless to say I also love the Au Chocolat DS paper. So here are a couple of cards I made using Chocolate Chip cardstock and Au Chocolat DS paper. The card above uses a punch technique I first seen on Cambria Turnbow's blog. You can see it here...

You will need to scroll down to the Build a Flower/Build a Brad section. here is a closer look...I then used my uni-ball Signo pen to add cross stitch marks for the faux-stitching. The embossed rectangular look is done with my Skore-Pal.

I am not sure what this fold is called, but I love it. The belly band comes off to open the card.
and here it is opened...

Thanks and have a great Wednesday,